Shilpa Shetty’s Rajasthan Royals are about ready for a different sort of match up (on the big screen with their baudacious co-owner herself! The Rajasthan Royals (who won the first edition of the Indian Premier League’s are turning out to be quite the hit in Bollywood. (See I told you it matters if the players are cute.)
Producer Bobby Bedi has approached a few Rajasthan Royals players, including Shane Warne, for a movie along with the team owner, Shilpa Shetty. Bobby Bedi’s earlier films include Bandit Queen, based on the life of Phoolan Devi, which won critical acclaim at the Cannes Festival in 1994. His other project includes The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, an epic on the rebellion of native soldiers serving under British rule in the late 19th Century.
Shilpa reveals, “It’s a film with some of the RR players. This was discussed before I became co-owner. The project is under review because of the shift in venue to South Africa. They would have shot some bits during the camp if the IPL had happened in India.” Aha. So the plot thickens!
Apparently Bobby Bedi was always very keen to do a movie with Shilpa, but couldn’t find the right script. The producer has finally come across the script that not only suits the actress, but also the Rajasthan Royals’ captain/coach Warne. Bobby met Shilpa during her visit to Jaipur after this year’s Rajasthan Royals team was finalised. They also had a dinner meeting to discuss it.
According to the source, Bedi is also looking forward to having other international players in the Rajasthan squad such as South Africa’s dynamic captain Graeme Smith, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Morne Morkel as part of the cast. Among the Indian players, the filmmaker is keen to have Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Kaif. Obviously cricket will be the backdrop but I’m told not the main subject.
Bobby Bedi was also present at Shilpa and beau Raj Kundra’s party along with their players at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur.
One of Shane Warne’s nicknames apart from Warney and Suicide Blonde (coined by Warne’s former teammate Greg Matthews after INXS’s big hit song Suicide Blonde) is Hollywood for his exciting lifestyle and good looks!